My (sadly) soon-to-be ex-roomie told me she'd been crying all day, and broke down again as she tried to tell me that her friend Sergio Goes had disappeared yesterday while taking photos underwater, and his body was found today,..... so was his camera.
I was assistant director a few years ago on a movie Sergio filmed about a Barbie doll who goes on a rampage, called "Bloody Blonde". Prior to our meeting, I'd worked with his son Gabriel's mom Andrea on some stage productions.
Though we never became bff's, I was always an admirer of Sergio's.
I went to Sergio for advice once, about interviewing someone I didn't trust. He told me regardless of how I felt, I had to admire what she helps make happen. I decided against the interview, but I love it that Sergio pointed out an example of someone you can respect a little without liking much.And I remembered seeing Sergio at my friend Summer's son's 1st birthday luau that he included in Celebrations, his photo essay in Honolulu Magazine...the ones he won a first place award for the night he went missing.
Sergio took the photo above, but that's not the only reason I posted it.
It's beautiful that Sergio Goes died doing what he loved. That passion and hunger must've had some effect on me because I immediately sat down to pay what humble tribute I can offer. His passing is a shock, I feel like a jolt to re-energize me into living, and looking at life as honestly and lovingly as he did.
Sergio you are loved and missed.
Flip thru his book at sergiogoes.com
Read the sad recollections from one of Sergio's fellow divers from that day.
Here's what some other friends have said:
Sergio Goes 1964-2008
Farewell Sergio Goes